Duty of Care

Duty of Care refers to the moral and legal obligations of employers to their employees, contractors, volunteers and related family members in maintaining their well-being, security and safety when working, posted on international assignments or working in remote areas of their home country.

In those circumstances, individuals and organisations have legal obligations to act prudently to avoid the risk of reasonable foreseeable injury or exposures leading to ill health. This obligation may apply both to acts and omissions.

In addition to that, the employers are due to build a broad culture within their organisation addressing the health, safety, security and well-being of their employees and other related collaborators to the business. To do so, they are expected to develop and deploy appropriate travel risk management approaches to protect people from possible harm.


The International SOS Foundation was founded in 2011. Its objective is to improve the health, safety, security and wellbeing of people working away from home, internationally and on international assignments.  

Dialogues on duty of care

Our LinkedIn group is your resource for learning all about this evolving topic. Factual, relevant and practical, we showcase tools and tips to help you manage the risks of a global workforce, highlight webinars and white papers on key topics.

Return on Prevention Study

The research, published by Prevent in March 2015, investigates the latest thinking on the risks associated with international assignments and the cost of a failed assignment.  Download your copy here.

Global framework

This strategic framework guides organisations in identifying threats and hazards, and managing risks to the safety, health and security of those travelling for their work or on international assignment.

Benchmark Survey

This Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management Global Benchmarking Study is the first comprehensive and authoritative research publication on the topic by International SOS.

Occupational Safety and Health Practitioner’s Guide

This White Paper helps prepare the occupational safety and health practitioner to become part of a multidisciplinary team that manages work-related safety, health and security within an organisation.